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Vikings visit Valparaiso Crusaders in college basketball clash

Cleveland State VikingsValparaiso Crusaders
Jan 15, 2:35 PM | Athletics-Recreation Center

Cleveland State Vikings vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds

15-3TEAM RECORD11-7

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Sunday when the Vikings of Cleveland State hit the hard court against the Crusaders of Valparaiso.

Supporters of the Vikings have watched them go 15-3 and 7-8 ATS on the year, while the Crusaders are at 11-7 and 7-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Crusaders are 7-8, while the Vikings have a 7-7-1 mark.

View Cleveland State vs Valparaiso Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Crusaders are listed as 1-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Crusaders at No. 206 and the Vikings at No. 165 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 74-71 result in favor of the Vikings.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Valparaiso has the nation's No. 78-rated offensive output, at 73.6 PPG. The visiting Vikings defense ranks No. 20 allowing on average 58.6 PPG. The Crusaders FG% has averaged 47.4% so far, more than the Vikings marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.

Defensively, Cleveland State features the nation's No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 58.4 points per game. Valparaiso, meanwhile, comes in at No. 82 nationally in scoring at home.

Cleveland State won its last outing, a 76-69 result against Butler on January 13. They covered in that game as a 3-point underdog. Jeremy Montgomery scored 18 points leading the Vikings to a 76-69 victory over Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday.

Valparaiso won its last outing, a 76-62 result against Youngstown State on January 13. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. The Crusaders grabbed a 76-62 win over the Penguins on Friday, behind a 23-point effort from Kevin Van Wijk at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Cleveland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Wisc-Green Bay are 7-3
After playing Butler are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Loyola of Chicago are 5-5
After playing Youngstown State are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Vikings at Crusaders trends to consider:
Cleveland State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games when playing Cleveland State
Valparaiso is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games at home
Valparaiso is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Cleveland State

Next up:
Cleveland State home to Wisc-Green Bay, Friday, January 20
Valparaiso at Loyola of Chicago, Thursday, January 19

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